Background in Science

PainDrawing™ was developed from two traditional and scientifically validated methods for recording of experienced pain.

One is the Nordic Ministers Counsel’s pain drawing form, which has been used for decades both in research and clinical work. In the original version pain is indicated by drawing different symbols for different kinds of pain onto line drawings of a human.

The other is VAS – the Visual Analogue Scale. VAS is originally a straight line on a paper, indicating from “best possible to worst possible” or from “least possible to most possible” etc.  The VAS scale has no grading or gradient. That is the whole idea.
The user marks the assessed rating with an X somewhere on the line.
The rating is recorded by how far from the endpoints the X is in % of the total length of the line.

But don’t worry. In PainDrawing™ all that is taken care of. The data will be logged in a consistent way.
Here the recording done on the intensity scale will be invisibly saved as a numeric value between 0 and 100.

Practical Use Cases

  • Evaluation of treatment, whether it is pharmacological, chiropractic, physiotherapy or other forms of intervention. 
  • Following the natural course of different pain symptoms, with or without treatment.
  • Present a more detailed and accurate history when seeing your doctor.
  • Insurance cases.

Future Scientific Use

PainDrawing™ offers a standardised graphic interface, where the exact positions of pain records can be saved together with the assessed intensity.

This makes it possible to compare results from studies done in different countries and at different times.

The precision in the records, both in location and in the time history, can also be useful in diagnostic work and of course for evaluating effects of different kinds of therapy and medication.

PainDrawing has just been released in its first version and we look forward to getting your feedback. Please submit questions, comments and feedback here:

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